Foster Beach

  • 5200 N. Lake Shore Dr.   Chicago, Illinois 60640 [View Map]
  • Beach Hours:
  • Beach Phone: (312) 742-5121

Foster Beach is located at 5200 N. Lake Shore Drive (at Foster Avenue and Lake Michigan) in Lincoln Park. Amenities include a beach house with food concessions, bike rentals and restrooms.  A popular dog beach is also located at northeast end of Foster Beach. Distance swimming is from Center Tower to north end of beach, parallel to shore at boat line. Pay and display parking lot is available along with ADA accessible beach walk. 

History

A surprising amount of what is now Lincoln Park is made from landfill, and this landfill was completed in stages. Lincoln Park’s final landfill extension was completed in the 1950s between Foster Avenue and Ardmore Avenue, and the fill included a new beach at Foster Avenue. Planning and design for the extension started in 1947, but construction and fill did not begin until three years later. The fill project continued over the majority of the decade, and it was finally finished in 1958. E.V Buchsbaum designed the beach house for the site, which was constructed between the late 1950s and early 1960s. In the 1990s, a new beach house provided improved amenities, including bathrooms and concessions.
Foster Beach

Foster Beach

Location Notes: 5200 N. Lake Shore Drive (Foster Ave. @ Lake Michigan)

Notes: Distance swimming is available from center tower to north end of beach, parallel to shore at boat line.

Bike Chicago

Bike Chicago

Location Notes: Foster Beach, Foster & Lake Shore Drive

Notes: Bike Rental, 10am - 6pm, 312.729.1000

Boucher Brothers

Boucher Brothers

Location Notes: Foster Beach, Foster & Lake Shore Drive

Notes: Beach Rentals, 9am - 5pm, 305-333-9678

Broadway Cellars

Broadway Cellars

Location Notes: Foster Beach, Foster & Lake Shore Drive

Notes: Food & Beverage, 11am - 7pm, 773.944.1208

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Description

Foster Beach is located at 5200 N. Lake Shore Drive (at Foster Avenue and Lake Michigan) in Lincoln Park. Amenities include a beach house with food concessions, bike rentals and restrooms.  A popular dog beach is also located at northeast end of Foster Beach. Distance swimming is from Center Tower to north end of beach, parallel to shore at boat line. Pay and display parking lot is available along with ADA accessible beach walk. 

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Beach 5200 N. Lake Shore Drive (Foster Ave. @ Lake Michigan) 1 Distance swimming is available from center tower to north end of beach, parallel to shore at boat line.
Concessions Foster Beach, Foster & Lake Shore Drive 1 Bike Rental, 10am - 6pm, 312.729.1000
Concessions Foster Beach, Foster & Lake Shore Drive 1 Beach Rentals, 9am - 5pm, 305-333-9678
Concessions Foster Beach, Foster & Lake Shore Drive 1 Food & Beverage, 11am - 7pm, 773.944.1208
A surprising amount of what is now Lincoln Park is made from landfill, and this landfill was completed in stages. Lincoln Park’s final landfill extension was completed in the 1950s between Foster Avenue and Ardmore Avenue, and the fill included a new beach at Foster Avenue. Planning and design for the extension started in 1947, but construction and fill did not begin until three years later. The fill project continued over the majority of the decade, and it was finally finished in 1958. E.V Buchsbaum designed the beach house for the site, which was constructed between the late 1950s and early 1960s. In the 1990s, a new beach house provided improved amenities, including bathrooms and concessions.